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How do I get a Notarial Service from the Consular Section?

May 9, 2011

Notarial services are available to all U.S. passport holders and to foreign nationals with documents destined for use in the United States.  Notarial services include statements made under oath, affidavits, authentications and acknowledgements.   Both the United States and the Dominican Republic now authenticate their own public documents with a certificate of apostille.  The Consular Section therefore does not authenticate legal instruments notarized by foreign notaries or copies of Dominican public records, such as birth, death and marriage certificates.  Contact the Attorney General's office and the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authentication of Dominican public documents.

Notarial services at the Consular Section are offered on Mondays and Thursdays.  No appointment is necessary.  Effective, May 16, documents to be notarized must be deposited between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. inside the Consular building located at Avenida Maximo Gomez and Calle Cesar Nicolas Penson.  Documents will not be accepted without payment of the $50 fee (or peso equivalent) for each notarial service seal to be requested.  Fees must be paid in cash or by U.S. credit card to the consular cashier.  We do not accept personal checks or postal money orders.

Applicants whose signatures are to be notarized only need appear at 2 p.m. with a valid passport or other proof of identity.   If the document must also be witnessed, applicants must bring their own witnesses, as Consular staff cannot serve in that capacity. 

Complete information about notarial services may be found on our website at http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/notarial_services-e.html.